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alex dante

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Could an Antitrust Suit Scare Apple into Changing iPhone SDK? (Download Squad)

May 7th 2010 12:49AM If the only Flash games you're seeing are cheap and crappy, you're not looking hard enough. Civilization Wars, Infectonator, Creeper World: all fantastic games I've played in the last few months that I would _love_ to be able to play on my iPod touch.

Translating one abstraction to another is just what computers do. It shouldn't matter if I write ActionScript or Objective-C as long as the compiler produces the correct output. Any claim otherwise flies in the face of decades of computer science tradition. Unfortunately, Jobs is amazingly good at convincing the ignorant that their ignorance is a virtue, so they're happy to accept his sociopathic rantings at face value.

Screenshot tour: Desktop Google Reader (NOT by Google) (Download Squad)

May 7th 2010 12:24AM "Does that mean if I "like" something through this reader, other people will see it? Not so cool, IMHO (also on Google's part)."

Then don't _like_ things, because _that's what it does_ and has always been its function.

If you want tag something for yourself, star it. That's what _that_ is for.

Built-in Account Manager coming to Firefox, heralds a new age of security and convenience (Download Squad)

Apr 29th 2010 1:44AM Awesome. Now rather than having to hack every individual site to get my details, there's a single point of failure!

It's really true that security and convenience are mutually exclusive ideals.

Google Analytics to allow per-user opt-out (Download Squad)

Mar 19th 2010 2:29AM How is it evil to show a site administrator useful usage statistics about the sites they maintain? If anything, doesn't that improve the end user experience? Isn't that the nature of the contract here, that you provide me with a small portion of non-trackable information and I'll do my best to tweak the site to suit?

Is Microsoft obligated to tell every IE user that their IP can be recorded by sites they visit? Should Mozilla be required to warn you when you fire up Firefox that sites can determine the screen resolution you're running at? When you buy a car, does Ford have to sit you through a training film to explaining that hitting other vehicles at velocity can kill you?

I really don't understand this persistent and pervasive paranoia. Google doesn't give a shit about you. Site admins don't give a shit about you. Noone is rubbing their hands together going "ah ha! Dio's using Firefox 3.6 with Windows XP, LET'S STEAL HIS IDENTITY!!!" When I fire up GA, the questions it answers for me are abstract ones about users-as-a-collective, there's _nothing_ that ties anything about you to the information I see.

What I can find out with GA is whether I need to modify my layout because there are more 800x600 users out there than I'd anticipated, it's not like I get access to your porn browsing habits or how fat you are, so give it a rest with the "no evil" crap already.

Report: URL shorteners suck, Google's sucks the least (Download Squad)

Mar 19th 2010 2:11AM nicholascronwright: You're looking at this the wrong way. People aren't formulating their opinions of URL shortening services based on this data. Instead, they're using data like this - however ridiculous - to justify their pre-established opinion. They always _knew_ they "sucked", now they have something they feel approximates empirical evidence enough to show us all just how smart they are.

For a site that would seem to appeal to neophiles, there are a lot of people here who act like they fear change.

Amazon's Kindle for Mac arrives, but it's not pretty (Download Squad)

Mar 19th 2010 2:04AM Given Amazon bought up the makers of Stanza, the epub reader with IPhone & OSX versions, I was honestly expecting them just to release a rebadged version with integrated store...

Ubuntu Hardy: The latest and greatest or a total mess? (Download Squad)

Apr 7th 2008 1:11AM You've lodged all of these as actual bugs, right? You're not just assuming that because you've noticed a problem it must be apparent to everyone?

A quick search on 'framebuffer' doesn't pull back any known bugs that fit the description you've given here.

Or should Canonical be writing blog scanners that search for generalised whining and auto-log these bugs for you?

Who needs IE8? Get Activities and WebSlices in Firefox (Download Squad)

Mar 11th 2008 9:56PM I'm not entirely sure what problem WebSlices is trying to resolve, given its similarity to what is currently provided by RSS.

As for credit-where-its-due, WebSlices is based upon the microformat hAtom, which is in turn based on Atom (and again, what does this provide over current RSS handling?). So kudos to MS for actually paying attention to existing formats, sure, maybe it'll even work straight away with hAtom microformats elsewhere, but given how badly IE7 handled RSS initially, I'm not going to get too carried away with the MS back-patting.

Canonical adds Parallels to Ubuntu partner repository (Download Squad)

Feb 13th 2008 8:14AM Virtualbox does lack USB support in the freeware version. And I'm assuming Parallels has a snapshot manager similar to VMWare Workstation (my preferred choice). If so, that's worth the price of admission alone.

Dev Chair : A geek solution to the writers strike (Download Squad)

Feb 6th 2008 6:04AM "Come on, doesn't this sound like a fantastic final year college project? Surely the prospect of getting your final assignment done and being the hero who breaks the Writer's Strike deadlock sounds appealing to someone?"

Firstly, most TV is bad enough when there _is_ intelligence behind it.

But honestly, I don't know which is worse: the arrogance of a developer thinking his AI code can produce comparable works to _professionals in another field_ (when the current state of AI at this level _still can't produce realistic results in the areas they _have_ been focusing_) or the disdain towards those writing professionals who are trying to make a _fair and reasonable_ living. C'mon, they want to be paid for the profits made _everywhere_ on their works... who doesn't?